a.a.s. XE54, 2010. Courtesy of the artists

Do you dream?  Do you have a vision for the future?  Xe54 will enable you to discover your true path as an explorer of The Other Place


Throughout their residency at The New Art Gallery Walsall, artist collective a.a.s have been using ‘The Cage’, a 3m3 structure housed within the Artists’ studio, as a base for their experiments.  These have included Remote Viewing and Lucid Dream Training, as ways of creating portals to The Other Place – a space of dreams and ideas, a space of the future, a space of potential.   


They have been previously exploring this zone in projects such as The Family and Sciencific, where they have established temporary groups with participants, re-interpreting and re-imagining sites and experiencing their environment with ‘new eyes’.  Now the moment has come for these various groups to meet together in The Other Place and visitors to The New Art Gallery Walsall are invited to join them in this adventure.


Xe54 is a performative project that will develop and change over a two week period.  Participants in the project will help to explore this parallel universe and inform how the narratives and discoveries unfold. Participants can take part in taster sessions, join for a few hours or multiple days depending on availability.  Drop into the Artists’ Studio located on Floor 1 or contact a.a.s prior to your visit to the gallery.


The first week of the project (4-7 January) will train participants to be able to encounter The Other Place, make use of new skills with the help of more experienced guides, and play around with their perceptions of Walsall.


Dedicated participants will be ‘inducted’ by a.a.s’ and grouped into various teams on Saturday 8 January and Sunday 9 January.  Each induction session will last approximately 40 minutes and will involve a series of encounters that will guide you to The Other Place.  Places are limited and pre-booking is recommended (see contact details below).


In the second week of the project, participants will be working together, finding coincidences and repetitions in everyday occurrences, interpreting signs and splicing them together, to build a collective ‘making strange’ of Walsall. 


On Saturday 15 January, participants will develop a series of ritualised actions to create a quantum sacred event. Reality is fractured and during a ceremony on Sunday 16 January the dream universe that is Walsall will be restored.


Follow the Other Place blog to witness the events unfolding:



Even opening yourself for a short time to these experiences will be beneficial” report a.a.s. “This is a time of drawing together, this is a time of focus.  Many have been called by the lure of The Other Place, and although there are differing interpretations, all agree that something is shifting. The signs say that events in Walsall during the first two weeks of January will be instrumental in bringing about a transformation, that this world will be overlaid with the other, and that we will be able to move freely into a place of new potential.”


To sign up or for more information please contact:


07806 50 27 26